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Minister intensifying efforts to strengthen Indonesia's carbon governance
December 23, 2021

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya says she will remain consistent next year in stepping up efforts to strengthen the country's carbon governance following the recent enactment of a presidential regulation on the economic value of carbon.

"I will not compromise with carbon governance practices that are not in compliance with Indonesia's legal measures. Next year, legal efforts will be reinforced in a more intensive manner with the targeted goal of strengthening our country's carbon governance based on the new presidential regulation," said Minister Nurbaya (Dec 22).

She also emphasized that warning letters and sanctions will continue to be issued consistently for forestry companies involved in carbon trading projects that are proven to have committed a violation and are not in compliance with the rules.

“All forestry companies that are, or will be, engaging with carbon projects should know the legal rules and thus shouldn’t be surprised by any sanctions imposed on them as a consequence of their constant lack of compliance with these rules,” she asserted.

"Our forestry regulations provide a clear legal space to take these actions," she added.

Minister Nurbaya stressed that she would further intensify efforts to strengthen legal measures, to ensure that good carbon governance practices continue to be implemented within the appropriate legal corridors, especially in line with the aforementioned presidential regulation.

“This year, we have taken firm legal actions against carbon projects perpetrating illegalities in the provinces of North Sumatra, Riau, South Sumatra, Central Kalimantan and East Java.

These actions include cancellations, warnings, sanctions, and other relevant law enforcement measures," she affirmed.

"The main goals of these actions are to avoid illegalities and prioritize the fulfilment of our NDC target," she explained.

Presidential regulation follow-up

Minister Nurbaya said that a first inter-ministerial meeting had been held to follow up on the progress of the presidential regulation, with a second such meeting scheduled to take place this Friday (Dec 24).

The minister also mentioned that she had held discussions with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) to make sure that the steps of all the parties involved formed a one-way vector aimed at meeting Indonesia's NDC target.

"Those ministries responsible for the sectors in the NDC clusters have begun to be socialized on the presidential regulation, with particular regard to cap and trade," she explained.

Minister Nurbaya also underlined her confidence that the plan of operations in place specifically for Indonesia's 2030 Forestry and Land Use (FoLU) net carbon sink target is already solid enough as a reference basis for relevant stakeholders.

Recap of 2021's carbon governance stories

Various actions have been taken by the Indonesian forestry authorities during 2021 to ensure that carbon governance practices remain within the country's legal tracks. Many of these developments were reported on by FORESTHINTS.NEWS, as outlined below.

Ministry issues five carbon arrangement-related orders for forestry companies
June 10, 2021

This story reported that Indonesian forestry authorities had sent circulars to forestry companies asking them to comply with five legal orders to ensure they align with the government's efforts to strengthen the new carbon arrangements, including not undertaking new deals associated with carbon trading and registering all carbon trading transactions on the country's national registry system. These legal efforts are aimed at the continued strengthening of governing and rules-based procedures related to carbon arrangements.

Indonesian ministry cancels self-declared carbon projects to avoid illegalities

July 9, 2021

This news report focused on the moves taken by Indonesian forestry authorities to prevent self-declared carbon projects from operating in conservation areas and protection forests, by identifying a number of such carbon projects involving international entities that do not comply with Indonesia's legal measures. The Indonesian forestry autorities cancelled two self-declared carbon projects in Sebangau National Park, as well as a high-profile self-declared carbon project in North Sumatra.

Minister tracing local govt carbon projects to keep Indonesia's NDC target on track
July 15, 2021

The reporting in this news story looked at efforts by Indonesian forestry authorities to trace carbon projects that are engaged with local governments and involve international entities, in order to ensure that these projects remain in the corridor of legality with regard to Indonesia’s top priority of fulfilling its NDC target. This story also confirmed that all carbon projects in Indonesia must refer to legally-based methodologies and legal procedures.

Dove forest restoration project still in process of aligning with legal measures
August 2, 2021

This story reported on the cancellation by Indonesian forestry authorities of the Dove forest restoration project in North Sumatra. Unilever's high-profile self-declared project was cancelled to prevent it from being involved in illegalities. Conservation International, which partnered with Dove on the self-declared carbon project, stated that it will align with Indonesia's legal measures, with Dove adopting the same stance.

Katingan Mentaya Project ensuring legal compliance following sanction
August 9, 2021

This news report detailed the imposition of an administrative sanction on PT RMU (Katingan Mentaya Project) for peat fires that spread in parts of its ecosystem restoration concession in 2019, as well as its failure to comply with three environmental documents. The sanction involved a legal order to restore the burned areas and meet its legal obligation to comply with the three environmental documents. The response from RMU, in which the company stated that it was in the legal process of complying with the sanction, was also covered.

InfiniteEARTH's carbon credit deal announced, illegalities highlighted

August 26, 2021

This story delved into the announcement of a carbon credit deal by InfiniteEARTH (Rimba Raya Project), and the subsequent declaration by Indonesian forestry authorities that the deal involved illegalities as it included sections of Tanjung Puting National Park as part of its carbon project accounting area. As such, the Indonesian forestry authorities cancelled the partnership between the national park’s office and the forestry ecosystem restoration company (PT RRC) whose concession was a major part of the Rimba Raya Project.


TAGS: 2030 FOLU , CARBON , EMISSIONS

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Minister intensifying efforts to strengthen Indonesia's carbon governance
December 23, 2021

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JAKARTA (FORESTHINTS.NEWS) - Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya says she will remain consistent next year in stepping up efforts to strengthen the country's carbon governance following the recent enactment of a presidential regulation on the economic value of carbon.

"I will not compromise with carbon governance practices that are not in compliance with Indonesia's legal measures. Next year, legal efforts will be reinforced in a more intensive manner with the targeted goal of strengthening our country's carbon governance based on the new presidential regulation," said Minister Nurbaya (Dec 22).

She also emphasized that warning letters and sanctions will continue to be issued consistently for forestry companies involved in carbon trading projects that are proven to have committed a violation and are not in compliance with the rules.

“All forestry companies that are, or will be, engaging with carbon projects should know the legal rules and thus shouldn’t be surprised by any sanctions imposed on them as a consequence of their constant lack of compliance with these rules,” she asserted.

"Our forestry regulations provide a clear legal space to take these actions," she added.

Minister Nurbaya stressed that she would further intensify efforts to strengthen legal measures, to ensure that good carbon governance practices continue to be implemented within the appropriate legal corridors, especially in line with the aforementioned presidential regulation.

“This year, we have taken firm legal actions against carbon projects perpetrating illegalities in the provinces of North Sumatra, Riau, South Sumatra, Central Kalimantan and East Java.

These actions include cancellations, warnings, sanctions, and other relevant law enforcement measures," she affirmed.

"The main goals of these actions are to avoid illegalities and prioritize the fulfilment of our NDC target," she explained.

Presidential regulation follow-up

Minister Nurbaya said that a first inter-ministerial meeting had been held to follow up on the progress of the presidential regulation, with a second such meeting scheduled to take place this Friday (Dec 24).

The minister also mentioned that she had held discussions with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) to make sure that the steps of all the parties involved formed a one-way vector aimed at meeting Indonesia's NDC target.

"Those ministries responsible for the sectors in the NDC clusters have begun to be socialized on the presidential regulation, with particular regard to cap and trade," she explained.

Minister Nurbaya also underlined her confidence that the plan of operations in place specifically for Indonesia's 2030 Forestry and Land Use (FoLU) net carbon sink target is already solid enough as a reference basis for relevant stakeholders.

Recap of 2021's carbon governance stories

Various actions have been taken by the Indonesian forestry authorities during 2021 to ensure that carbon governance practices remain within the country's legal tracks. Many of these developments were reported on by FORESTHINTS.NEWS, as outlined below.

Ministry issues five carbon arrangement-related orders for forestry companies
June 10, 2021

This story reported that Indonesian forestry authorities had sent circulars to forestry companies asking them to comply with five legal orders to ensure they align with the government's efforts to strengthen the new carbon arrangements, including not undertaking new deals associated with carbon trading and registering all carbon trading transactions on the country's national registry system. These legal efforts are aimed at the continued strengthening of governing and rules-based procedures related to carbon arrangements.

Indonesian ministry cancels self-declared carbon projects to avoid illegalities

July 9, 2021

This news report focused on the moves taken by Indonesian forestry authorities to prevent self-declared carbon projects from operating in conservation areas and protection forests, by identifying a number of such carbon projects involving international entities that do not comply with Indonesia's legal measures. The Indonesian forestry autorities cancelled two self-declared carbon projects in Sebangau National Park, as well as a high-profile self-declared carbon project in North Sumatra.

Minister tracing local govt carbon projects to keep Indonesia's NDC target on track
July 15, 2021

The reporting in this news story looked at efforts by Indonesian forestry authorities to trace carbon projects that are engaged with local governments and involve international entities, in order to ensure that these projects remain in the corridor of legality with regard to Indonesia’s top priority of fulfilling its NDC target. This story also confirmed that all carbon projects in Indonesia must refer to legally-based methodologies and legal procedures.

Dove forest restoration project still in process of aligning with legal measures
August 2, 2021

This story reported on the cancellation by Indonesian forestry authorities of the Dove forest restoration project in North Sumatra. Unilever's high-profile self-declared project was cancelled to prevent it from being involved in illegalities. Conservation International, which partnered with Dove on the self-declared carbon project, stated that it will align with Indonesia's legal measures, with Dove adopting the same stance.

Katingan Mentaya Project ensuring legal compliance following sanction
August 9, 2021

This news report detailed the imposition of an administrative sanction on PT RMU (Katingan Mentaya Project) for peat fires that spread in parts of its ecosystem restoration concession in 2019, as well as its failure to comply with three environmental documents. The sanction involved a legal order to restore the burned areas and meet its legal obligation to comply with the three environmental documents. The response from RMU, in which the company stated that it was in the legal process of complying with the sanction, was also covered.

InfiniteEARTH's carbon credit deal announced, illegalities highlighted

August 26, 2021

This story delved into the announcement of a carbon credit deal by InfiniteEARTH (Rimba Raya Project), and the subsequent declaration by Indonesian forestry authorities that the deal involved illegalities as it included sections of Tanjung Puting National Park as part of its carbon project accounting area. As such, the Indonesian forestry authorities cancelled the partnership between the national park’s office and the forestry ecosystem restoration company (PT RRC) whose concession was a major part of the Rimba Raya Project.


TAGS: 2030 FOLU , CARBON , EMISSIONS

RELATED STORIES